B1323 - Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill 2018

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B1323 - Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill 2018, TSR Government


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Amend the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to adjust some maximum sentences.



BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 - Amendment
(1) S7(2)(a) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, as amended by the Child Sex Offences (Sentences) Act 2017, will be amended from "on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 25 years" to "on conviction on indictment, imprisonment up to and including life imprisonment."
(2) S8(3)(a) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, as amended by the Child Sex Offences (Sentences) Act 2017 will be amended from "on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 25 years" to "on conviction on indictment, imprisonment up to and including life imprisonment."

2 - Citation and Commencement
(1) This act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.
(2) This act will come into force upon Royal Assent.
(3) This act may be cited as the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Amendment) Act 2017.

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A bill to start amending sexual offences to bring harsher punishments for sexual offenders as it is accepted within this House that sex offences are some of the worst within society and those who conduct themselves in such an horrendous manner should be punished appropriately.

S7 - Sexual assault of a child under 13
S8 - Causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity

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Going off the descriptions of the crimes given in the notes I can support this.
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Aye; there is no place in society for the worst criminals.
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I'll be surprised if there's a great amount of debate on this.

I too, shall be supporting.
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Aye without question.
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Nay. No positive impacts will be felt from this.
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Aye, intercourse with a child under 13 is deplorable, and I’m surprised there wasn’t life sentence already.
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Nay. No positive impacts will be felt from this.
No positive impact? Is the right honourable gentleman slightly slow or does he really feel that people that commit sex offences against children should be let off lightly?
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No positive impact? Is the right honourable gentleman slightly slow or does he really feel that people that commit sex offences against children should be let off lightly?
I do not recall saying that we should let off people that commit sexual offences against children. Could the Right Honorouble Gentleman point me to where I have said that?
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I do not recall saying that we should let off people that commit sexual offences against children. Could the Right Honorouble Gentleman point me to where I have said that?
Then why does the right honourable gentleman not support this? His statement by saying 'no positive impact' infers that you do not support these criminals receiving their just punishment.
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Then why does the right honourable gentleman not support this? His statement by saying 'no positive impact' infers that you do not support these criminals receiving their just punishment.
Breaking news: maybe your version of “just punishment” is different to Conceited
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Then why does the right honourable gentleman not support this? His statement by saying 'no positive impact' infers that you do not support these criminals receiving their just punishment.
I do not support this because I reckon they are already receiving appropriate punishments. If I am presented with evidence indicating that I am wrong, I would be happy to reconsider my position.
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I am also going to (perhaps controversially) vote against this bill. I see twenty-five years as a strong punishment already and would rather see better rehabilitation of sex offenders.
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A month in and the government is already resorting to, IIRC, recycling bills that only took 5 minutes to write in the first place which immediately lead to internal arguments becoming public. What a shambles.
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Aye; this bill has my full support - a support that should go without question - the people committing such heinous and downright disgusting crimes should feel the full force of the law.
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Definitely, I think there are many crimes which the sentencing can be too lenient, and this is a key area in which it can start.

(Original post by Conceited)
I do not support this because I reckon they are already receiving appropriate punishments. If I am presented with evidence indicating that I am wrong, I would be happy to reconsider my position.
I think the key here though is that it's changing the maximum sentence... For some people, I agree it may not necessarily be appropriate to have life imprisonment, however, for others, more appropriate to be greater than 25 years. This Bill allows for the judgement to be made without straight away saying it's life imprisonment...
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I think the key here though is that it's changing the maximum sentence... For some people, I agree it may not necessarily be appropriate to have life imprisonment, however, for others, more appropriate to be greater than 25 years. This Bill allows for the judgement to be made without straight away saying it's life imprisonment...
You make a salient point here, but I am unconvinced any meaningful changes would be felt from this change.
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You make a salient point here, but I am unconvinced any meaningful changes would be felt from this change.
That's fair enough... I may have a dig around on google and see if there are cases where people have been given 25 years, but from an idea of what happened may have been more appropriate for a longer sentencing.
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(Original post by Jammy Duel)
A month in and the government is already resorting to, IIRC, recycling bills that only took 5 minutes to write in the first place which immediately lead to internal arguments becoming public. What a shambles.
There's nothing wrong with submitting bills again. We have plenty in the sub-forum that weren't from the last term... There's also nothing wrong with people in the government disagreeing with each other - it happens all the time it's nothing new. You're forgetting this is a coalition government...

So I wouldn't exaggerate and start calling it a shambles.
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